Speakers
Mike Doust
May 30, 2017
Life as an Airline Pilot.
David Goldsmith
Jun 06, 2017
Board Meeting, Club assembly.
Jane Purton
Jun 13, 2017
My recent trip to Antarctica
 
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting for Tuesday the 23rd of May 2017- Pianola night, Helen and Richard McDowells. 6:30pm 615 Barkly St Buninyong: Salad or dessert to share, BYOEE
Chairman
 
Greeter & Invocation
 
Sergeant
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disbursement of Funds
  • Prosthetics Laboratory for Vanuatu
  • Australian Catholic University Bursaries
  • Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum
  • Ballarat Mechanics Institute Kitchen
  • 3BA Christmas in July appeal
  • Ballarat Secondary College breakfast club
  • Les Pecheurs micro enterprise project - Madagascar
  • Aussie Action Abroad - Nepal
  • Interplast
 
Club Information

Ballarat West

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Ballarat Yacht Club
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
Ballarat, Victoria  3350
Australia
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Home Page Stories
Donations in Kind (DIK) an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited (RAWCS) grew out of the compassion and concern of returning overseas volunteers. This recycling and reuse program, focussing on health & education involves the collection, sorting, packing, dispatch and distribution of donated items to countries in need of these goods. 
 
Many goods and products, for which organisations in Australia have no further use, are valuable commodities in needy countries overseas and in some regions within Australia.
 
The West Footscray Depot recently forwarded their 500th container over the first 16 years of this century. It was a medical containier to Timor Leste.  Our president and previous chairman of RAWCS was present to see it shipped out.
 
One of the problems of delivering aid to developing countries is a lack of skilled Maintenance. Good equipment is given, but may not be installed, or if installed by aid agencies, then simple repairs may not happen, and the equipment, and all the effort and expense to get the equipment to the deserving country, is wasted.
 
However, The Rotary Club of Ballarat West and the Dental Department of the Tongan Ministry of Health have worked together to solve this problem. A one month refresher course on dental equipment maintenance and repairs was arranged by Tonga CDO Dr 'Amanaki Fakakovikaitau.  This is a continuation of a well established dental equipment training and installations program which dates back to 2001 between Mr Sioeli Manu and Australian dental equipment engineers Peter Copp and Cale Ziola as Rotary volunteers.
 
In 1991, a young Tongan Anaesthetic registrar, Talia’uli Afeaki, spent 18 months training in Ballarat Health Services. He visited our club (the Rotary Club of Ballarat West), and explained a little about his country, and the difficulties he faced in lack of equipment and in a generally impoverished health care system. 
 
At one of our club meetings (November 2016), RN John Macdonald PHF, International Project Officer for St John of God Hospital Ballarat reviewed the responses of St John of God Hospital Ballarat, (and the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, the Rotary Foundation, RAWCS (then referred to as FAIM) and clubs throughout the state and internationally) over the 24 years since a visit to Vaiola by Dr John Oswald and himself in 1992
Rotary Club of Ballarat West – Creating Smiles in Vanuatu!!
 
Members of the Rotary club of Ballarat West have provided a new Dental Prosthetics service for Vanuatu all the way through from concept to completion by
  • Identifying a need for this service on  visits by Rotary dental volunteers in Vanuatu
  • Designing a dental laboratory. capable of providing a comprehensive removable denture service
  • Providing by donations a full range of specialist prosthetic equipment and supplies
  • Taking a new shipping container, air-conditioning it and installing fitted cabinetry, lighting, specialist electrical wiring and plumbing and quick release air and gas fittings
John Richmond and Barry Bedggood offer another lot of wines
Ballarat West Rotary Club turns Wine into Coffee!
 
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West recently held a very successful Wine Auction at the Ballaarat Yacht Club on Lake Wendouree. John Richmond and Barry Bedggood led spirited bidding throughout the night.
 
Over $8000 was raised on the night.  The proceeds will be put to good use by local disability action group Pinarc who will apply the funds towards the purchase of a coffee van.
 
This Coffee Van will then be used by participants of Pinarc's barista training in their Independent Living Skills Program. This popular program enables young people with disability to develop skills for transitioning from school to volunteer work or employment.
Most Rotarians are aware of the great work that Interplast does surgically, changing children’s lives with the exhibition of plastic surgical skills. But the truth is that by using these techniques to help develop our neighbour’s health system, not only are there opportunities for compassionate surgery, but real gains in the development of capacity follow. 
 
Following annual Interplast trips to Indonesia since the early 90's, the Anaesthetic Department of Ballarat Health Services has been working with the Anaesthetic department of Dr Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia, to provide an annual four-week program of Continual Professional Development of two of their most senior registrars each year since 2004
 
The Installation of a reticulated hospital suction system into Vanuatu Central Hospital
 
A project of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West.
 
In 2014, Ballarat Health Services was expanding. The Hospital Suction generator which had been installed only in 2004, and which provided reticulated suction throughout the hospital, was no longer large enough to service the new hospital.
 
The hospital purchased new equipment, and offered this very large system, which was hardly run-in, to the Rotary Club of Ballarat West



Congratulations to our own Lidia Aitken on being presented with the Mayor’s Award for Ballarat Senior Citizen of the Year.                                                                                         Lidia was honoured with her award on the 28th of September at a special presentation in the Town Hall.
She said she was ‘gob smacked’ when her name was read out, believing there were other more worthy recipients on the list.
“I just never, ever expected it,” she said softly.
 
A Dental team form the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, D9780 presented a Pantomime promoting dental health in schoolchildren in Vanuatu. They visited 16 kinder-gardens and junior schools in this Pacific Island which is only four and a half hours flight time from Melbourne,  and thrilled these young children with a visual presentation of how easy it can be to look after your own oral health, and the terrible things that might happen if you don't clean your teeth!  Aarrgghhh!
 
A modified shipping container has been converted into a modern Dental Prosthetics Laboratory by Rotarians in Ballarat and shipped to Port Vila in April 2016.
 
The container was  fully stocked with new equipment and supplies, and is now permanently sited next to a dental clinic where it will be used to provide a charitable removable denture service for disadvantaged edentulous Ni-Van people.  
 
The new laboratory, as it is adjacent to the PCV eye clinic which makes spectacles, will also be useful for optical work!
Our club has recently hosted a student as part of “Watch and Learn Internship for Business Students” from Irkutsk, Russia. We offered such a placement to Violetta Makarova for the duration of a little over five weeks from June 28th to July 30th  2016.
 
We were able give Violetta exposure to the richness of the City of Ballarat and surrounds, its early history and culture.
 
She spent two-week placement at Sovereign Hill in the Marketing Department where she was a part of the Christmas in July program, dressed in period costume interacting with Visitors to the Park.
A Twenty Five Year History of Student exchange with Sonora USA
 
It has been twenty-five years since The Rotary club of Ballarat West had here first short term student from Sonora USA.
 
It all began when the club received a letter from Richard Rohrbacher, the president of The Rotary club of Sonora Sunrise who had researched clubs all over the world looking for a club with a similar background. He, a historian was able to find both clubs were charted in the same year 1986 and both had a history of gold mining in the 1800’s. 
 
A Senior Tongan dentist (Dr Susistina Piukala) has spent a month on a dental education attachment with the Rotary Club of Ballarat West. This visit was sponsored and facilitate by the Rotary Clubs of Ballarat West & Nuku’alofa: it is part of a twinning program set up between the Dental Department of the Vaiola Hospital, Tonga, and Dr David Goldsmith, a member of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West D9780.  (RAWCS Tonga Dental project 144/2005-6: November 8th to December 4th 2015)
 
We were able to put together an interesting blend of professional clinical work, discussions with experts in a wide variety of dental subjects whilst combining this with an enjoyable social program. Dr Piukala is a Senior Dental Officer in the Kingdom of Tonga.
 
As Dr Piukala (Susi) did not have registration with the Australian Dental Board she was not permitted to carry out clinical treatment on patients in Australia. However she was able to closely assist in many clinical operations, observe a wide range of dental procedures and do hands on technical dental prosthetic work.
 
The exchange allowed Susi to make many important contacts offering opportunities for sustainable dental projects in the future. As Susi’s surgeon husband, Saia Piukala, is the Tongan Minister of Health and a Member of Parliament, this might well be a very significant exchange.
The Fiji University RAWCS Dental Caravan donated by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West has received a new set of murals courtesy of Colgate Fiji.
 
The caravan donated in 2013 is used by the University to provide free dental treatment in rural areas of Fiji and to train students in their Bachelor of Oral Health degree.
The Ballarat Base Hospital has moved its dental department from the Ballarat Base Hospital to a completely new 20 
chair facility in Sebastopol.
 
None of the old equipment went into the new facility
         
DHSV and BHS generously offered all of the fittings and most of the dental equipment to Ballarat West Rotary club 
to reuse. Expressions of interest for various items of this equipment have been received from dental departments in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and 
Vanuatu for this equipment.  The total value of all this equipment, fixtures and fittings would be in excess of $250,000.
Ballarat Health Services has very generously donated a retired hospital suction system (via the Rotary Club of Ballarat West) to the Port Vila Hospital.  The system was surplus to the hospital needs as it has expanded its size recently, with the suction system (installed in 2004) needing to be replaced with a larger system
 
The club has been working DIK (Geelong) and with members of the Vanuatu Health Resource Mechanism, an Australian Government program to supervise aid Australia directs towards Vanuatu
Visiting Indonesian anaesthetic registrars Regina Agustiantina and Retti Kartika want to take new pain management methods from Ballarat back to their huge East Java hospital. Here they are seen visiting the Royal Children's Hospital, with paediatric anaesthesia specialists Assoc Prof Philip Ragg and Dr Balvindar Kaur. See the attached article printed in the Ballarat courier Saturday the 10th of October, and prepared by journalist Melanie Whelan
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West has just notched up a major mile stone with its Murray to Moyne Bike Ride team. It has now raised over $100,000 over thirteen years,  a tribute to its main driver, Rtn. Wayne Cooper. The club at its recent change over dinner recognized Wayne's role in this and in other endeavours such as his ongoing contribution  to the Sonora Exchange and to fundraising by awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship in his name. To see the report of this year's ride ...
On 17th February 2015 Dr. Margaret Carswell of ACU and Teaching Students; Jessica Arceri, Haylee Fithall, Laura Maconachie and Jessica Thewlis were welcomed to The Rotary Club of Ballarat West meeting.
 
The four students were each recipients of a Bursary granted by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West to assist with accommodation and other expenses incurred during  pre-service placements in rural schools.
 
Each student presented a written report on and spoke to the club about her individual experience and the contribution the bursary to this.
 

Interplast is delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded full accreditation as part of the Australian Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Cooperation Program, referred to as the ANCP. Through the program, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) partners with Australian development NGOs who implement their own development and poverty alleviation programs overseas.

 
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West, in conjunction with RAWCS and a number of other Rotary Clubs in District 9780 has continued to develop dental initiatives for our neighbouring Pacific Island neighbours
This year three major dental initiatives have been concluded, driven and executed by member dentist Dr David Goldsmith PHF. The Tongan program was begun in 1996, and has been followed up with annual supporting visits since.
 
A major dental audit of 7 year old children, over15 years has been completed to confirm major progress in management of dental disease in Tonga.
 
Two dental vans (in addition to the van used in the audit in Tonga) have been delivered to Vanuatu and to Fiji this year. Both vans have been fully refurbished, and were packed to the hilt with other dental equipment for the respective communities.
 
 

A dental team sponsored by the Rotary club of Ballarat West visited Tonga to finalise a study into Tooth Decay in Tongan schoolchildren which began in 1998.  Seven primary schools on Tongatapu involving children aged 6 and 12 years old were targeted covering geographically and socio-economically separate areas of the main island of Tongatapu. A total of 708 children were examined and the same schools were used as in previous studies for consistency.  
 
This study is to World Health Organisation (WHO) Oral Health Survey criteria (Ball-ended probes etc.) so the results are directly comparable with similar surveys throughout the world. The W.H.O. reports that there is a current shortage of recent accurate data on caries trends in the Pacific Islands and most other developing countries and is encouraging more studies to be done, so the timing is ideal , and is exceptional in maintaining the same examining team over such a long period of time.
 
It is of further importance because at the beginning of the study there was no preventative dentistry being conducted in these schools and by the end of the study tooth brushing and fluoride mouth rinses were being universally implemented in Tonga
 
RAWCS project number144/2005 – August 24th.  to September 6th. 2013
 

The Rotary club of Ballarat West has joined with the Rotary club of Suva Peninsula Sunset to donate a fully equipped mobile dental caravan to the Fiji National University Department of Oral Health. This Faculty trains the majority of dental professionals working in the Pacific Islands including Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Prosthetists as well as dentists.                        

preparing van for Fiji at DIK Geelong

 
 

 
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Postal address

PO Box 442W,

Ballarat West

Victoria 3350 Australia

 
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY IN ARARAT ON 7 MAY 2017

MARIAN COLLEGE, 304 Barkly St ARARAT.

Registration is at 9.30am. The program should finish around 3:30pm

 
Rotary District 3053 Friendship Exchange
Rotary District 3053 (India) wil be arriving on 28th of April till the 13th of May
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Community Service
Vocational Service
Club Service
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
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Immediate Past President
Public Relations
Youth
Fundraising
Public Officer
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • John de Deugd
    May 9
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Marie
    May 6
  • Evan Jackson
    May 29
Anniversaries:
  • Peter Nolan
    Trish Nolan
    May 16
Join Date:
  • David Coxall
    May 2, 1986
    31 years
  • Frank Doherty
    May 2, 1986
    31 years
  • John de Deugd
    May 2, 1986
    31 years
  • Alan Barham
    May 21, 2002
    15 years
  • Rex Petersen
    May 25, 1993
    24 years
 
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